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Kuraray, PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) and Sumitomo have created a joint venture company in Bangkok, Thailand, for the manufacturing and sales of butadiene derivatives.

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Ineos Styrolution announced plans for a "significant" investment in the production of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) at its site in Wingles, France, which has so far focused on polystyrene (PS) production. One of the three existing PS lines at the site will be converted into a production line for ABS with a planned capacity of around 50,000 t/y. The ABS line is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2020.

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The rubber industry will in July 2018 receive a boost with the establishment of a public private high tech venture with seed funding from the government of LKR 50 million to provide computer simulation to design advanced rubber products in Sri Lanka. The Finite Element Analysis Simulation Centre is a high tech establishment created under the Rubber Master Plan with the aim of providing the rubber industry the ability to engage in computer simulation to design advanced rubber products within the country. This would enable the industry to carry out their functions at a low cost and with speed.

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South Korea’s Kumho Petrochemical Co. said Wednesday (20 June 2018) that it has started adding acrylonitrile-butadiene latex (NB latex) lines at its Ulsan plant to beef up its synthetic rubber production capacity to 550,000 t/y on hopes to cement its global leadership position. It did not disclose the expansion cost.

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ExxonMobil said it has started production of hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin and halobutyl rubber at its integrated manufacturing complex in Singapore, the company’s largest integrated refining and petrochemical complex in the world.

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ExxonMobil announced that it has started production of hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin and halobutyl rubber at its integrated manufacturing complex in Singapore. According to the company, the site is ExxonMobil's largest integrated refining and petrochemical complex in the world.

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This year, KraussMaffei's Reaction Process Machinery (RPM) celebrates not only the 180th anniversary of KraussMaffei as a whole but also its own jubilee. In 1968 – exactly 50 years ago – its first specialised clamping unit with two rotation axes for processing polyurethane was introduced to the market. This launch triggered a development resulting in a wide variety of products and processes thanks to which it has been possible to further improve the performance capacity of PU components and other matrix systems.

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The Indian Polyurethane Association (IPUA) is organising a “PU Tech Innovation Day” on 28 September 2018 in Mumbai, India, which will focus on the current state and future prospects of polyurethane innovations, industrial processes and technologies. The association has issued a Call for Papers to be presented at the event. According to the IPUA, the aim of this innovation day is to provide a platform for industrialists, academics and associated personnel to identify and explore the challenges, opportunities and solutions that promote the use of polyurethane-based systems, wherever they can be used due to their versatile properties.

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The Cannon Afros Cresim Project – coded LIFE11 ENV/IT/000095 – has been awarded as one of the best EU Life projects of 2016. Maurizio Corti, Technical Director of Cannon Afros, and Massimiliano Pietrocola, the Business Control Manager who handled the documental aspect of the Project, received the award on behalf of the whole R&D Team of Cannon that developed this technology in more than three years of intense work.

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AkzoNobel announced that it has broken ground for a demonstration plant to showcase a more sustainable technology platform for producing ethylene amines and their derivatives from ethylene oxide. Located at its Stenungsund site in Sweden, the facility is said to mark the next step towards commercialisation of the patented technology.

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